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Crime and Safety in Longton

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Longton is the third safest small town in Lancashire, and is the 111st most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Longton in 2021 was 33 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 132% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Longton is the 127th safest small town, and the 5,206th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Longton was the worst small town in Lancashire for theft from the person, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Longton residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Longton recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during May 2016, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Longton are violence and sexual offences, with 124 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 29% higher than 2020's figure of 88 offences and a difference of 4.62 from 2020's crime rate of 11. Longton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Longton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Small Towns, Lancashire

55% lower, regional crime rate

North West

130% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Longton is 55% lower than the North West and 130% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Longton Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Longton represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Longton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202133259
202021163
201930233
201838293
201728222
201622175

Crime in Longton Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Longton This Year

 LongtonLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12816.4272,68948.18 193% safer
Bicycle Theft10.137090.47 262% safer
Burglary212.696,4544.28 59% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson182.3114,1829.40 307% safer
Drugs60.772,5121.66 116% safer
Other Crime222.823,1312.08 26% more dangerous
Other Theft232.959,2886.16 109% safer
Possession of Weapons20.261,1540.76 192% safer
Public Order131.679,6316.38 282% safer
Robbery10.138100.54 315% safer
Shoplifting101.285,8893.90 205% safer
Theft From the Person20.266860.45 73% safer
Vehicle Crime162.056,0334.00 95% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12415.9155,91037.06 133% safer

Longton Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Padiham161.582003% safer
Aughton17421.7153% safer
Longton25933.22-
Burscough35937.2211% more dangerous
Euxton51539.2615% more dangerous
Up Holland31041.0119% more dangerous
Penwortham93541.0719% more dangerous
Longridge34041.3920% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Longton

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Recent Crimes in Longton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Regency GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near WellfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Poplar AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dickson HeyUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Poplar AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Saunders' LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Saunders' LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Saunders' LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Saunders' LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Saunders' LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Saunders' LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Saunders' LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Shirley LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grove AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hill TopUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Aldon GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other crimeOn or near Saunders' LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other crimeOn or near Saunders' LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other crimeOn or near Saunders' LaneFurther investigation is not in the public interest
January 2022Public orderOn or near Avalwood AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Longton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15143116 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.260.38-0.13 Safer
Burglary2.34.92.32.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson63.12.42.3 Safer
Drugs0.510.130.380.77 Getting worse
Other Crime0.900.770.642.8 Getting worse
Other Theft3.04.01.33.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.13-0.26 Getting worse
Public Order2.81.21.51.7 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.13-0.130.13 Safer
Shoplifting0.770.770.261.3 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.77-0.130.26 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.62.80.512.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16121116 Getting worse

Changes In Longton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Longton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Longton33.22-
Barnet67.0850% more dangerous
Croydon82.4860% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0563% more dangerous
Bristol90.5263% more dangerous
Coventry102.2468% more dangerous
Leicester111.5970% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0673% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6474% more dangerous
Bradford132.2875% more dangerous
Leeds150.9478% more dangerous

Crime in Longton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Longton & Walmer Bridge18923Second
New Longton & Hutton26644First

Crime in Longton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Longton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Longton saw a 464% increase in anti-social behaviour. Longton saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during August, when it fell by 80% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+125%+185%+31%+464%+38%+38%+9%+88%+100%+120%
Burglary+50%-+100%----50%+300%-+300%
Criminal Damage and Arson---50%-67%+200%-80%---50%-50%
Other Theft-50%-----50%---+100%
Public Order+100%--+100%---+100%--
Shoplifting----------
Vehicle Crime------50%----
Violence and Sexual Offences+125%-50%+11%-17%--42%-11%+17%+25%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Longton

What police force serves Longton?
Longton's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Longton?
Longton is the third safest small town in Lancashire.

What is Longton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Longton are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Longton?
Longton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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